Yesterday morning the Seahawks new uniforms were revealed as part of a Nike fashion show in Brooklyn, NY. Although a handful of teams made minor changes to their jerseys, the Seahawks were the only team to unveil a complete re-design. When they were first unveiled at 8am, my initial reaction was something along the lines of “what the hell is THAT??!!” My fear that the Seahawks would be the NFL equivalent of the Oregon Ducks unfortunately became a reality. As the day went on however, I started seeing several different angles of our uniforms and I started to warm up to the idea of wearing them and at this point, I am now a big fan of our new look. Here are my thoughts on our new uniforms:
Our navy blue home jersey was the jersey modeled in Brooklyn by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. I am a big fan of the darker navy and with the navy pants along with the jersey, I think this will be the signature look of this team. I initially did not like the gray and lime green “wing” feature along the shoulders but the design is similar to the back of our new helmet logo, which slightly dips in the back to have a “V” type style. The only aspect that I am having a hard time liking is the numbering, as this shows the strongest similarities to Oregon.
The white road jersey is my favorite of our three jerseys. The wing pattern on the shoulders has no lime green and it is predominantly navy. Pairing this jersey with the white pants looks the best, as it keeps the history of our uniforms in tact over the past 10 years (blue with blue, white with white).
The gray jersey is very interesting to me. Of the pictures I have seen of this alternate jersey, it is a very light shade of gray. It is so light in fact, that initially I had a difficult time figuring out which jersey was white and which was gray when next to each other. Gray uniforms are very rare to see in football. I don’t think the NFL would allow the Seahawks to wear the gray tops and their opponent wear white; the colors are too close to each other. It is this point that interests me to see when the gray uniforms will be worn. The only times I could see us wearing the gray uniforms are on the road or at home in the beginning of the season; When the weather is hot the Seahawks could opt for the gray tops and force their opponent to wear their colored top.
A couple more notes…. I LOVE the new helmet. The darker shade of blue matched with the blue and gray striped bird looks very sharp, fresh, and even intimidating. The “Seattle” word mark on the bottom of the back of the helmet also looks really good, and the feather patterned stripe in the middle of the helmet also looks really good. Perhaps my favorite aspect of our new uniforms is the salute to the 12th Man. On each side of the neck and down each side of the pants are 12 feather trim marks. In addition, the number 12 is also sewn on the inside back collar of each jersey. Never before to my knowledge has a fan base been incorporated into a team’s uniforms.
I cannot wait for these to go on sale so I can get my hands on my “Hansman #12” jerseys!